After he’d turned the rustlers over to his cowhands, Dodge said, “Come in and have some coffee with me before you go.”
Cody hesitated, wanting to be back to rounding up the cattle, but he realized it was very special for Dodge to invite him. “Ok, but I can’t stay long,” he replied.
After the Mexican girl brought them the coffee, Dodge leaned forward and looked gravely at Cody. “You are a most unusual man. I would like you to come and work for me. I could use such a man as yourself.
“In fact, I would like a son like you. I have only my daughter, no other heirs. She is not able to run this ranch when I’m gone. If you come and work for me, I would make you my heir!”
Cody blinked in astonishment, shook his head in disbelief. He was silent for a while, and then said, “Well, that’s a right generous offer. I did want to have my own spread. Would this mean that we’d be partners in the ranch?”
“Yes, it would,” replied Dodge. “Not only that, but I’d like you to consider marrying my daughter!”
“Really!!!?” said Cody, choking on his words, more astonished than ever. “But I’m just a cowhand, not good enough for your daughter.”
“No, you are more than good enough. Don’t miss this girl, you’ll never find one better suited to your values!”
Cody was quiet for a bit. “Your words are too good to be true,” he said, again shaking his head. “I will certainly consider and pray about this.”
“Good,” said Dodge, “you do that.” I’ll give you a week to make up your mind.”
Cody stepped into the saddle and rode off to look again for cattle, his heart thankful and amazed, his mind on Amy. What an amazing gift from God, that Dodge would consider him worthy of marrying such a lady! The question was, would she also be willing.
“Well,” he said to himself, “I’d better get on with my work.”
He spent the day looking for John’s cattle. He found thirty head and herded them in the direction of John’s homestead. When he got there, he noted that Amy’s horse was still there and he was glad.
Picture: Amy’s horse waiting for Cody.